Category Archives: Music

“I Am The Teacher” by The Germans

HistoryJen posted an article for a contest she’s running for free tickets to see Schomberg Fair and The Germans at The Garrison, here in Toronto. She concluded it with the following video by The Germans. I had to post it, too.

The Magnetic Fields in Toronto

It appears the The Magnetic Fields have announced their 2010 tour, and they’ll be coming to Toronto!

Egge & Elkas

I didn’t bring my camera tonight, but I went down to the Rivoli to see Anna Egge and Peter Elkas. Anna has a beautiful voice, and a handful of really good songs, but I’m not sure if I’m totally sold on her. Perhaps it’s partially because she kinda looks like a woman I work with, who I’m not too fond of. Perhaps it’s her songs. I dunno. Either way, her set was enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. She wins bonus points for the cover of Belle & Sebastian’s “A Summer Wasting” found on her MySpace.

Peter’s set, however, was fabulous as always. His band were a three-piece, and did a nice mixture of songs from Party of One and Wall of Fire. Elkas also played a few songs from what will one day be his third record (which he’s recording with Thrush Hermit’s Ian McGettigan). Of those songs, three were fantastic, fun, and wonderful; one wasn’t.

Sidenote: Peter, I’m sorry I yelled out “61 Days,” but you can’t blame me, it’s a fabulous song.

Another note: I spoke with Ben Gunning during the show, and he mentioned a show coming up at The Drake on December 9th.

Wavelength 488

OH MY GOD! ANDY LLOYD!

OH MY GOD! ANDY LLOYD!

Went to one of the final nights of Wavelength. It was a “round robin” featuring way too many bands. Among them was Doctor Ew, aka Drew Smith of the Bicycles. It was nice to see a former Bicycle performing some new material.

Dan Mangan – “Nice, Nice, Very Nice”

Nice, Nice, Very Nice by Dan Mangan

Nice, Nice, Very Nice by Dan Mangan

Wow, this record is absolutely beautiful! BUY IT.

FotC – “I Told You I Was Freaky”

"I Told You I Was Freaky" by Flight of the Conchords

"I Told You I Was Freaky" by Flight of the Conchords

Picked up this today, on vinyl. Awesome packaging. Most of these songs are known by everyone by now, thanks to the amazing TV show.

Theres some definite highlights on this record, among them, “Sugalumps,” “Hurt Feelings” and “Carol Brown.” There’s also some filler, including “Angels.”

TWM – Cheap Speakers, Brent Randall & Mark Bragg

Brent Randall (Left) and His Pinecones

Brent Randall (Left) and His Pinecones

Another Tuesday night, another adventure at Rancho Relaxo, thanks to Dan Wolovick and his excellent booking skills, Rancho is the place to be. Unfortunately it has horrible lighting. Either way, The Cheap Speakers, Brent Randall & His Pinecones and Mark Bragg all played a great night.

Julie Doiron at Lee’s Palace

Jennifer Polk (aka History Jen) reviewed October 27th’s Julie Doiron show with Herman Dune and Shotgun Jimmie. Check it out. Photos by me.

New Record: Music Go Music’s “Expressions”

Expressions by Music Go Music

Expressions by Music Go Music

NPR’s Carrie Brownstein posted some video links on her blog Monitor Mix. I was in awe after seeing those videos. The songs were catchy, timeless, and fun. I immediately emailed Soundscapes (oddly enough thinking I was emailing Criminal Records) asking if they had it in stock. They didn’t because they don’t specialize in vinyl, like Criminal, but ordered it in for me. I picked it up today, and I really love it.